Wednesday, 17 October, 2018

Michael Becomes Extremely Dangerous Category 4 Hurricane

Hurricane Michael is slated to hit the Florida Panhandle Oct. 10 Hurricane Michael is slated to hit the Florida Panhandle Oct. 10
Elijah Vega | 12 October, 2018, 13:29

Forecasters said parts of the Panhandle and Florida's marshy, lightly populated Big Bend area - the crook of Florida's elbow - could see 9 to 13 feet (2.7 to 4 meters) of storm surge.

Mandatory evacuation orders went into effect in Panama City Beach and other low-lying areas in the storm's path. DISCUSSION AND OUTLOOK -------- At 1000 PM CDT (0300 UTC), the center of Hurricane Michael was located near latitude 27.1 North, longitude 86.5 West. Michael is moving toward the north near 12 miles per hour (19 km/h). But fears lingered that some failed to heed the calls to get out of Michael's way as the hard-charging storm began speeding north over the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

"If you don't follow warnings from officials this storm could kill you", said Scott, a Republican running for the U.S. Senate in November's congressional elections.

Tolls were suspended in order to help people evacuate.

Based on its internal barometric pressure, Michael was the third most powerful hurricane to blow ashore on the US mainland, behind the unnamed Labor Day storm of 1935 and Camille in 1969.

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for.

As of 10 a.m., the hurricane watch for the coast of Alabama was discontinued.

During a briefing Tuesday, Scott said the state's emergency response center is now active and includes a 24-hour response hotline. About 1,250 National Guard soldiers were assisting and more than 4,000 troops were on standby.

While most homes around him are vacation rentals or summer getaways for their owners, Sadousky had stayed put through more than four decades of storms. More than 80 deaths were linked to that storm, according to The Associated Press - including residents of a nursing home.

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The governor of Georgia has declared a state of emergency for 92 counties ahead of Hurricane Michael's landfall on October 10.

"Storm surge is the No. 1 problem that you can see from these storms".

Cooper said the state needs to brace for strong winds and rain.

"Storm surges, in general, used to be a leading cause of fatality with hurricanes, but now - because of evacuations and getting the word out so far in advance - [the number of deaths] has gone down", Joel Cline, a tropical program coordinator with the National Weather Service, previously told Fox News.

In Panhandle counties, most state offices, schools and universities were closed for the rest of the week.

Governor Cooper asked North Carolinians to review their emergency plans and restock emergency supplies, including food, water, flashlights, extra batteries, and medications.

The last NHC report said the fast-moving storm was about 100 miles from Apalachicola.

The meteorological brute quickly sprang from a weekend tropical depression, becoming a furious Category 4 by early Wednesday, up from a Category 2 less than a day earlier.

Tallahassee International Airport ‏is suspending commercial flight activity as 12:01 a.m. ET on Wednesday but expects to resume activity on Thursday. Weakening is expected after landfall as Michael moves across the southeastern United States.

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